By AMANDA VINCENT
In a green-white-checker finish that was “too close to call,” John Hunter Nemechek claimed his second win of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season with a victory in the Chevrolet Silverado 250, the Truck Series’ only road course race of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
“I cought the 00 (Cole Custer), there, and we didn’t wreck him for the win,” Nemechek said. “Rubbin’s racing, but if I would’ve been in the same spot, he would’ve done the same thing to me to get a win. You have to do everything you can to get a win, here, but I can’t thank all my guys enough. They worked their butts off.”
On the final restart, Cole Custer and Nemechek restarted on the front row for a two-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Spencer Gallagher, who restarted third, briefly took second when Nemechek spun his tires, but Nemechek quickly got back up to second and waged a physical challenge against then-leader Custer to take the win.
“I got taken out,” Custer said of the contact from Nemechek. “He hit me going into the second to race corner, and he hit me again.”
Custer finished second after leading a race-high 39 of the 66 laps that made up the race. Daniel Hemric finished third, Matt Crafton was fourth, and Christopher Bell was fifth.
Nemechek was the only driver other than Custer to post a laps-led tally in double digits, running up front for 19 laps.
Custer started the race on the pole and led the first 30 laps before heading to pit road for the first and final time under green on lap 31, handing the lead over to Hemric, who also had yet to pit. Hemric led one lap before pitting, handing the lead over to Crafton. On lap 36 Crafton pitted, turning the lead over to Spencer Gallager. Gallagher pitted two laps later, turning the lead over to Nemechek.
Nemechek last pitted on lap 27 and managed to go the remaining distance of the race that was scheduled for a 64 laps but extended a couple of laps by a lap 61 caution.
Custer retook the lead from Nemechek on a lap 57 restart, just before the yellow flag waved for fifth time.
In all, the race was marred by six cautions, two of those cautions for caution clock expirations. The yellow flag waved three times in the first 50 laps before three cautions in short succession in the final laps.
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